Conducted in English
When studying film theory at the Université Paris III, Matthieu Laclau and his classmates at the time, Damien Ounouri (director of Fidaï) and Li Danfeng (sound director), filmed and produced Xiao Jia Going Home in 2007, a documentary on Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. Matthieu Laclau got his start producing behind-the-scenes footage for Jia Zhangke and gradually began to take on cinematography and editing in various film projects. Apart from narrative films, Laclau has also edited documentaries such as Fallen City, Still Tomorrow and Dragonfly Eyes.
The two films selected for the screenings are both edited and lensed by Matthieu Laclau. In the masterclass, he will use films that he has been involved in as examples to demonstrate the fundamentals of editing, the differences between fiction films and documentaries, and share his experiences of taking up different roles in the filmmaking process.
Matthieu LACLAU is a French editor who has been working in China since 2008. He studied Film Theory in Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and received his Master’s degree in 2008. In 2013, he won the Golden Horse Best Editing for A Touch of Sin directed by Jia Zhangke and in 2017, the American Chlotrudis Awards Best Editing for Mountains May Depart directed by Jia Zhangke. He edited both feature films and documentaries, and often collaborates with young filmmakers. Recently, he edited Still Tomorrow by Fan Jian, Dragonfly Eyes by Xu Bing, Ash Is Purest White by Jia Zhangke, The Crossing by Bai Xue and A First Farewell by Wang Lina. In 2019, he completed the editing of two feature films selected in the Official Selection of the Cannes FF: The Wild Goose Lake directed by Diao Yinan (Competition), Nina Wu directed by Midi Z (Un Certain Regard) In 2020, he’s nominated for the Taipei Film Awards best editor for his work on Nina Wu and finished the editing of The Best Is Yet to Come, both selected in Venice FF (Orizzonti) and TIFF.